Opposition Smer party chairman Robert Fico called on Prime Minister Iveta Radičová to recall Ľubor Benkovič and Jozef Boskovič from their respective posts on Tuesday, November 23, over what Fico said was a “crystal-clear instance of party-based plutocracy”, the TASR newswire reported.
The Hospodárske Noviny daily reported in its Monday, November 22, edition that Benkovič and Boskovič donated large amounts of money to Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), one of the four governing coalition parties, ahead of the June general election, then landed high-profile jobs in state-run enterprises. Benkovič chairs the supervisory board of electricity grid operator Slovak Electricity Transmission System (SEPS), while Boskovič is a member of the supervisory board of Bratislava's M.R. Štefánik Airport. According to Fico, a former prime minister, Benkovič and Boskovič received the jobs thanks to their financial largesse. Benkovič’s and Boskovič’s sponsorship gifts to SaS this year amounted to €80,000 and €40,000, respectively.
If Radičová declines to sack the two officials, her action will constitute yet another example of her resorting to idle words, Fico said, alluding to her comments earlier this month that no such hiring had taken place since she became premier. SaS leader and Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík’s assistant Tatiana Tóthová said in reaction that it’s only natural that SaS nominees are people who enjoy the full support of the party, adding that Fico’s accusations are a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
“We’re surprised to hear Mr. Fico talking about party-based plutocracy ... all the more when we all know how posts used to be assigned during his government,” Tóthová told TASR. Radičová would not respond to Fico's allegations, her spokesman Rado Baťo said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Nov 2010 at 14:00